Construction of Student Groups Using Belbin: Supporting Group Work in Environmental Management

Smith, Mark and Polglase, Giles and Parry, Carolyn (2012) Construction of Student Groups Using Belbin: Supporting Group Work in Environmental Management. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36 (4). pp. 585-601. ISSN 0309-8265. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2012.692156) (Full text available)

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Abstract

Belbin team role self and observer perceptions were applied to a large cohort (145) of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduates in a module assessed through two separate group projects. Students self-selected groups for the first project; for the second, groups were more ‘balanced.’ Results show slight improvement in group performance compared with that of previous years, with a significant increase in first-class grades. No evidence was found linking group balance to performance; however, students recognized the value of their Belbin report when entering the job market. Belbin usefully contextualizes regularly occurring group work issues and provides students with ways of managing these issues.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculties > University wide - Teaching/Research Groups > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Giles Polglase
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2014 13:31 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2014 08:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/39002 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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